Governor Roger Wilson appoints a new Lieutenant Governor.
Former Senator Joe Maxwell is now Missouri's Lieutenant Governor as he was sworn in at 9:30am in the Governor's office. Before accepting the appointment, Maxwell cleared the decision with his family.
Maxwell, who resigned from the State Senate Tuesday, will still have a public ceremony on January 8th, the original date set for statewide elected officials to be sworn in.
The Lieutenant Governor's office has a new tenant, as former state Senator Joe Maxwell was sworn into office nearly 2 months early.
I'm Rodger Oakes for Missouri Capitol Caucus.
Maxwell was surrounded by his family and Governor Roger Wilson as he was sworn into office Wednesday morning. Maxwell said the final decision was actually made sometime around 6 a.m., just hours before the ceremony.
Maxwell started the week with his resignation from the Democratic Senate Caucus, followed by his resignation from the State Senate Tuesday.
Governor Roger Wilson said special elections will be held January 24th for Maxwell's seat, and the other two vacated Senate Seats. Both Democrat Lacey Clay and Republican Sam Graves resigned Tuesday after they were elected to the U.S. Congress.
For Missouri Capitol Caucus, I'm Rodger Oakes.